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Trench Safety Week 2018

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Please join Governor McMaster and the SCDLLR - Office of OSHA as we proclaim June 18-23, 2018 as National Trench Safety Stand Down Week. The Trench Safety Stand Down Week is sponsored by @NUCA_National and @NAXSAorg. Take time to learn how to prevent trench collapses and save lives.

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/trenchingexcavation/solutions.html

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/trenchingexcavation/index.html

SC OSHA and Metcon Buildings Infrastructure Workplace Safety Partnership Hold Close-Out Ceremony

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Metcon Inc. and South Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Administration (SC OSHA) entered into a limited partnership to provide the safest possible work environment for subcontractors on the Horry County School project sites. The partnership provided incentives to participating contractors to voluntarily improve their safety and health performance. Incentives included recognition from SC OSHA that allowed limited scope inspections. This partnership was consistent with SC OSHA’s long range efforts to develop partnerships within the construction industry. It allowed for better use of SC OSHA resources, innovation in safety management, and it encouraged active participation in the safety process on the part of construction/trade association communities.

The project includes five Energy Positive schools for the Horry County School (HCS) District. The schools are the first of their kind in South Carolina and are the stepping stones to bring all K-12 educational buildings up to 21st Century learning standards. Extensive use of glass and open collaboration spaces will provide Horry County Schools with world class learning environments for generations to come. The truly exceptional part of this project is that they will have no utility bills and will create more energy than they consume. This is made possible through roof top solar arrays, cutting edge building management software, geothermal well fields, centralized energy plants, and the newest lines in light emitting diode (LED) lighting.

Find out more about the "SC OSHA - Workplace Safety Partnership Close-Out Ceremony".

Trench Safety Stand Down will be June 18-23, 2018

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South Carolina OSHA encourages employers across the state to participate in NUCA's 2018 Trench Safety Stand Down. During the week of June 18-23 participating employers will take a break and conduct a safety activity to emphasize the importance of working in and around trenches/excavations. To sign up and view training resources, as well as training resources for previous stand down topics, please visit their website at: http://www.nuca.com/tssd.

Safe + Sound Week 2018 to be held August 13-19

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The second annual Safe + Sound Week will be held Aug. 13-19, 2018. The event is a nationwide effort to raise awareness of the value of workplace safety and health programs. These programs can help employers and workers identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness, improving a company’s financial bottom line. Throughout this week, organizations are encouraged to host events and activities that showcase the core elements of an effective safety and health program, including: management leadership, worker participation, and finding and fixing workplace hazards. For more information and to sign-up for email updates, visit the Safe + Sound Week webpage.

OSHA'S HEAT ILLNESS PREVENTION CAMPAIGN

As outdoor temperatures begin to rise, so does the chance of illnesses related to working outside. Heat stress and overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause deadly effects – both in the short and long run. OSHA, which has long led a campaign to prevent heat illness in outdoor workers, relaunched the Water. Rest. Shade. Campaign. OSHA has a revised version of its Heat Safety Tool app available for Apple (iOS) and Android devices in both English and Spanish, the app now has full screen color alerts for all heat conditions, improved navigation and accessibility options and compatibility upgrades.

The app provides heat illness prevention guidance specific to the user’s current outdoor workplace conditions using weather data provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The new version of the app provides the daily maximum heat index, allowing workers to prepare for extreme heat and enabling supervisors to plan work schedules accordingly. #WaterRestShade

LLR EXTENDING DEADLINE TO SUBMIT 2018 SAFETY AWARD APPLICATIONS

Columbia, South Carolina – Due to the holiday weekend, and inquiries from employers, the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation will extend the deadline for employers to participate in the 2018 Safety Awards program. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on June 5, 2018.

The Safety Awards Program is the Agency’s way of rewarding employers, large or small, for the success of their safety and health programs, and their efforts to reduce recordable occupational injuries and illnesses during the past year. Awards are presented in three categories:

Shining Star Award (must qualify in at least one of the following):

  • No fatalities or recordable injuries or illnesses during calendar year 2017;
  • A reduction of at least 40 percent in an employer’s incidence rate between 2016 and 2017;
  • A difference of at least 75 percent in an employer’s 2017 incidence rate and the 2016 South Carolina average rate for that industry; OR
  • Worked one million or more safe work hours without a lost-time injury or illness

Rising Star Award

  • A difference of at least 75 percent in an employer’s 2017 incidence rate and the 2016 national average rate for that industry

Gleaming Star Award

  • Less than 100 employees and demonstrates a culture of safety and health both on site and in the community

The application is available by clicking here: www.scosha.llronline.com. You may print the application from the website and submit it by email: askscosha@llr.sc.gov; fax: 803-896-7670; or mail: P.O. Box 11329, Columbia, South Carolina 29211. For more information, please call 803-896-7687 or 803-896-9695.